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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

A look at what’s happening in the Richmond World of Beer or at least the events we think you shouldn’t miss.




September Bottle Share – The Hop and Cannon & Draw, Thursday

Bottle Shares are a great chance to find a new favorite beer or sing the praises of your favorite underappreciated beer.

The Hop Craft Pizza & Beer is having our first Monthly Bottle Share in partnership with Canon & Draw Brewing Company! We’l be having these bottle shares on the last THURSDAY of EVERY month!

Following the bottle share we’ll all walk over to Canon & Draw for a nightcap round and discuss some of our favorite beers from the share.

Bring your fresh, cellared, interesting, intriguing, old time favorite, current favorite, any craft beer to share!

Limited tasting glassware will be available for purchase for $4 at the bottle share.

3rd Annual Battle of the Brews! – Westchester Commons Sedona Taphouse, Saturday

The only good time to head to the mall is when there is a bunch of beer to drink.

It’s back and BIGGER than ever…Join us for our 3rd Annual Battle of the Brews at Westchester Commons on Saturday, September 29th!

Entry is FREE — pay to drink and eat!

Help us decide which brewery will receive a dedicated tap for the next 6 months! We are featuring beers from your favorite brewing companies:

Ardent Craft Ales
Center of the Universe Brewing
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Kindred Spirit Brewing
O’Connor Brewing Co.
Steam Bell Beer Works
Stone Brewing
Triple Crossing Beer

Featuring LIVE MUSIC by SpudCracker and The Mad Children!

Oyster Roast – Veil Brewing Co., Saturday

As the name implies there will be plenty of oysters but there will also be food for those of us that are mollusk wary.

The Veil Brewing Co presents…. Oyster Roast 🌊
Saturday, September 29th from 12-8pm we will have Ruby Salts Oyster Company and LOWCO Eatery bringing you delicious oysters! 🤤

Raw Oysters shucked by Ruby Salts Oysters with Fried and Smoked Ruby Salts Oysters done by LOWCO Eatery.

Ruby Salts are raised in Cherrystone Creek on the lower Eastern Shore, where the Chesapeake meets the Atlantic.

All shells will be recycled by @vaoystershell

We will also be celebrating the release of Unloved, our apple brandy aged imperial oyster stout that is sure to rock yo taste budsss 👅 We will see you there muh dudes 🤙

2018 Miss Pinup RVA Competition – Hardywood (Ownby Lane), Sunday

This is not your typical beauty contest. The panel of qualified pinup culture experts will be looking for poise, presentation, positivity, retro-pinup aesthetic, and charisma. Also this event is open to all genders.

Calling all Pinups! Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Boom Boom Basics Burlesque & Performing Arts Studio are teaming up to present the 2018 Miss Pinup RVA competition! The 3rd annual event is FREE to attend and features a full day of festivities & fun for the whole family!

Come on out Sunday, September 30th to enjoy a local vendor market, an antique car show presented by River City Bombshells, food trucks, kids fashion show, LIVE music from Weeping Molly and DJ Sean Lovelace, and of course…witness all of the 2018 contestants compete to win the title of “Miss Pinup RVA 2018!”

This year all non-operational proceeds of the day’s raffle sales, beer sales, competition, vendor and car show registrations will be donated to Safe Harbor RVA!

Enjoy a beer while you support a great cause, body positive pinup artists, and local businesses!


Scream Forest Blood Orange IPA – Three Notch’d Collab House, Thursday

Join us this Thursday for our new beer release with pint specials until 7pm. This is our second year collaborating with Three Notch’d and we are very excited about this year’s brew, a blood orange IPA. We’ll have lots of giveaways, characters and a few surprises. All are welcome!

Scream Forest Blood Orange IPA
ABV: 6.9
IBU: 40
Collaboration with Creepy Hollow Scream Park

Brewed in collaboration with Creepy Hollow Scream Park, “Scream Forest” is bursting with blood orange flavor. We dry hopped with Mosaic hops to serve as a nice base for the blood orange added right beforekegging for the freshest taste. This IPA is bloody delicious.

Nightlands Release – Triple Crossing (Foushee Street), Friday

Nightlands 10% Imperial Stout w/Coffee and Chocolate

Our Nightlands Imperial Stout conditioned on single source Columbian Coffee from Ironclad Coffee Roasters and a healthy addition of cacao nibs. We notice bright fresh roasted whole bean coffee with a deep undercurrent of dark cocoa. This will be available on draft and crowlers (no limit). Below is more information about the coffee and the farmer Adolofo.

Lodestar Double IPA Release – Final Gravity, Friday

Let Final Gravity’s newest release, Lodestar Double IPA, guide you to flavors of citrus, peach, and lemon from the abundance of Galaxy and Mosaic hops. If after a hard week you feel you’ve lost your way, know there is a beacon of golden light shining from a beer glass right here to keep you on course.




Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Burlesque, Crates, Summer Moon Music Fest, Sun Crushing




Burlesque Right Meow at Strangeways
May 13th, 9 PM, $12-$20

Kickoff your weekend watching beautiful folks kickoff their clothing.

Come out this Friday for another Pours and Pasties at Strangeways Brewing!

⬇️⬇️⬇️Tickets below ⬇️⬇️⬇️

CRATES at Triple Crossing Fulton
May 14th, 12-6 PM

If you’re a cool kid and have one of those record-playing thingies you need to head over to Fulton. You can get giant musical discs and beer.

CRATES is back at Triple Crossing- Fulton! Over 25 tables of records of all genres, DJ sets all day and of course, Beer. Admission is free.

8th Annual Summer Moon Music Festival at Center of the Universe
May 14th & 15th, 12-8 PM

There are a ton of bands. There has gotta be someone you like.

🎶🌛After a two year hiatus, Summer Moon Music Festival is back!!!🌛🎶

If you like live music, helping charitable organizations, or both, this is the weekend you’ve been waiting for.
This 2-Day long festival is a battle of the bands for charity and features 21 local bands who will be taking the stage to battle it out for their organization of choice. To accompany the bands, there will be food trucks and two draft beer stations, so you won’t have to worry about lines to get a delicious cold one.

We are excited to welcome the Summer Moon Music Festival back to our Biergarten, and with it comes our oh-so-refreshing Summer Moon Imperial Wheat Ale. Brewed with fresh lemon zest and hundreds of pounds of raspberries, this big beer brings tons of tangy fruit flavor!

Momma’s BBQ will be here all day Saturday, and Legendary Provisions and Freekin’ Rican will be here on Sunday. Come hungry, these trucks won’t let you down!

As always, this event is FREE, RAIN or SHINE event! Supervised, well behaved children and dogs on leashes are welcome to attend the festivities!

Suncrush Crushfest 2022 at Hardywood Westcreek
May 14th, 12-10 PM

Don’t try to actually crush the sun. First off it’s too far away and second, it’s way too hot. You’ll burn your fingers. The final reason for not crushing the sun is you don’t want to piss off Huitzilopochtli the Aztec God of war, sun, human sacrifice, and the patron of the city of Tenochtitlan.

Crushfest 2022 is back! Welcome warm weather and days spent outdoors with Suncrush at Hardywood West Creek Crushfest.
We will have a full day with:
🥏 Outdoor games
🚐 Food Trucks featuring Grandpa Eddie’s + Slideways + Dominion Dogs + Jiji Frozen Custard
🎤 Music all day
☀️Adaptive demos with Beyond Boundaries – learn more about this awesome non-profit here:
Music Line-Up
*Elby Brass: 12:30-1:30pm
*The Embalmers: 2-3pm
*Mother’s Little Helpers (Rolling Stones tribute): 3:30-4:30pm
*Green River (CCR tribute): 5-6pm
*Hot Legs (Tina Turner tribute): 6:30-7:30pm
*Sky Dog (Allman Brothers Tribute): 8-10pm
Hope to see you ready and #suncrushingit


Lilly Pad permit would limit live music volume, hours at Varina venue – Richmond BizSense

A provisional-use permit proposed for the restaurant and the larger Kingsland Marina would limit live music to certain hours and decibel levels, among other conditions that county staff is recommending after determining that the expanded restaurant had outgrown the parameters of a previous permit.

Three Notch’d Brewing to spill into adjacent space in Scott’s Addition – Richmond BizSense

Three Notch’d Brewing Co. is planning to expand its space at 2930 W. Broad St. to include the addition of a restaurant, according to documents filed with the city. The extra room came available after two adjacent spaces were recently left vacant by Red Goat Pizza and Richmond Wine Station.




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RVA Beer Explorer: Dandies, Burlesque, Mom, Ukraine

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and nothing says, “I love ya Ma” like hitting up a brewery.




Vagabond Dandies at Bingo Beer
May 5th, 7:30 PM

I know recommending anything beer, related taking place on Cinco de Mayo is a crapshoot. I’m confident that this is a solid bet and there won’t be anyone from Bingo dressed in culturally inappropriate garb.

Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show at Center of the Universe
May 5th, 7-8:30 PM, $15 in advance, $20 at door

Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show is a bold statement. Head over and make sure they aren’t fibbing.

Greetings, true believers! Making May MARVELous, Ellie Quinn Presents has assembled a team of heroic and villainous burlesque performers to pay tribute to Earth’s Mightiest!
Diving into the deepest depths of nerdlesque, Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show is going to offer a unique blend of storytelling with tantalizing performances by some of the most colorful characters. Aiming to tease, tantalize, and tremor every bone in your body, this will be one crossover event that will make you shout “excelsior”, all live in the round of the intimate COTU event space!

Ellie Quinn
Empress de Naste
Poppy la Fae
Santobella Spark
Scarlet Starlet
Center of the Universe Brewery
11293 Air Park Dr
Ashland VA 23005
Doors 6:30pm Show 7pm

Ages 21 and up

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door

Brunch for a Queen – Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at Hardywood (Richmond)
May 1st, 12 PM, $15

This event is guaranteed to be a drag.

Celebrate the queens in your life with a Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at Hardywood Richmond!
Expect a Sunday Funday filled with:
👑 Drag performances from Michelle Livigne and more
🍻 Ticket includes one drink
🍕 Brunch specials from the Hardywood Pizza Kitchen
🎟 Doors and brunch ordering start at 11am, show start at 12pm
🎉 Fun for all ages
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Free Mom Hugs. To learn more visit


How these Richmond craft breweries are supporting Ukraine through beer – RTD

After Russia invaded Ukraine, a Lviv craft brewery with the name of Pravda stopped making beer and started brewing Molotov cocktails.

Soon after, the brewer called on fellow brewers around the world to show solidarity with Ukraine by brewing one of Pravda’s beers for charity. Pravda, which is the Russian word for “truth,” made that possible by posting its recipes online.

Several Richmond craft breweries have joined the “Brew for Ukraine” initiative, which aims to raise money for humanitarian relief through sales of the beer and to call attention to the plight of Ukrainians.




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RVA Beer Explorer: Drink Like a Brewer, Lager Jam, Artisan Market, Veil Anniversary

It feels like spring and we should all spring into some beers.




Drink Like a Brewer at Stone Brewing
April 30th, 12:30-3:30 PM

I think I can already do this but this is a chance to drink with a brewer and help out a charity.

This Saturday, the 30th, Stone Brewing Richmond is partnering with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Guided tastings from one of our brewers, Hennessy, every 30 minutes from 12:30-3:30pm. Live music from @corycampbell 4-6pm.

Lager Jam at Triple Crossing Fulton
May 1st, 12-8PM

In the age of IPA, the lager is often underappreciated. This weekend it’ll be superappreciated. I feel the opportunity for a Lag Jam, Log Jam pun was missed somewhere in here though.

Come celebrate the vibrance of Spring with the beers we associate with good company and conversation that can last all day! Starting at 12pm until supplies runs out, Cask, Keg, and Can pours of your favorite Triple Crossing Lagers and visiting breweries. Free admission. Drink tickets sold at the door. Live Music by The Hot Seats. Additional details coming soon.

Veil Brewing 6th Anniversary at all tasting rooms
April 26th – May 1st, 6PM

The brewery that I used to think was just about whales and hype has proven me wrong over the years. Especially once one moved within walking distance. So I’m happy to wish them a wonderful 6th Anniversary. They’re doing special releases all week. The best way to find out what’s going down is on their regular Facebook page and their Instagram.

We are excited to celebrate our 6th Anniversary at all locations starting April 26th! We’ve got over 20 awesome beers planned to release and a killer food lineup!

You won’t want to miss this year. 🐈🌿👁

This release will be in person, first come first served. NO SHIPPING. NO PROXIES. More releases to announce so stay tuned in to our social media!

Artisan Market at Main Line Brewery
May 1st, 1-5PM

Go and pick up a few artisans for the wall or foyer. An artisan can really pull together a foyer.

Come out and shop local at our Artisan Market at Main Line Brewery!
Craft Beer, Live Music, Food Trucks, & Artisans selling handmade home décor, art, jewelry, apparel, food products, and more! We are an outdoor, open-air market. Come out to support our community and shop small! Pet friendly!


How Breweries of All Sizes Are Getting Creative With Sustainable Initiatives – VinePair

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery became the first brewery in Virginia completely powered by renewable energy and Cheers Virginia has this quote.

Patrick Murtaugh, co-founder and brewmaster at Hardywood, feels that doing so is our collective responsibility — plus there’s the growing financial incentive. “Protecting the environment is not only important to us, but to our customers as well,” he says. “Customers not only appreciate our efforts, they expect them.”

From the article:

Executive director of the North American Craft Maltsters Guild Jesse Bussard (who goes by she/they pronouns), says climate change remains one of the most concerning threats that the trade faces in modern times. “It’s affecting the capacity for us to grow barley,” she says, pointing to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado as the top states for barley production which, in 2021, collectively faced the worst crop output in recent history. Bussard believes that scientific trials, like Heineken’s attempt to reduce agriculture-related emissions by 33 percent by 2030, are promising, but not happening fast enough.




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